Michelle Nijhuis is a Project Editor at The Atlantic and a Contributing Editor at High Country News. Her book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction will be published next spring.
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When Animals Speak: Toward an Interspecies Democracy

by Eva Meijer

Animal Languages

by Eva Meijer, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson
Humans have spent decades trying to teach other animals our languages—sometimes for convenience or amusement, sometimes out of scientific curiosity—but we’ve made little effort to learn theirs. Today, as a virus from another species upends human society, the usefulness of communicating with animals on their own terms is suddenly more imaginable.

Early Warnings

Icebergs off the coast of Ilulissat, Greenland, 2007; photograph by Tiina Itkonen from her book Avannaa, published by Kehrer in 2014

Losing Earth: A Recent History

by Nathaniel Rich
Last summer, when The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to Nathaniel Rich’s essay “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change,” I resisted reading it. It was early August, and dozens of cities around the world had recently reported record-breaking high temperatures. A heat wave in …

On the Trail of the Climate

The Austro-­Hungarian expedition to the North Pole, led by Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht, 1872–1874; painting by Adolf Obermueller, 1892

Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale

by Deborah R. Coen

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale

by Matt Hern and Am Johal with Joe Sacco
At the opening of the United Nations climate change conference in Poland in December, UN Secretary-General António Guterres made a short speech with a long history. The twenty warmest years on record, he said, have occurred in the past twenty-two years, with the past four years the four warmest; the …